Archive for July, 2008

Take me out to the (peanut-free) ball game…

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 30th, 2008

Those with peanut allergies understand best the fear of going to the circus, restaurants offering buckets o’ peanuts, airplane flights and yes, sporting events. For example, one of the traditions of baseball games has been the “peanuts and Cracker Jacks.”

Most people enjoy the atmosphere of the game, including cracking open those roasted legume shells, throwing them willy-nilly without a care in the world – except perhaps for their team’s performance.

But if you are allergic to peanuts, baseball games can be very, very dangerous. A definite no-no. Yes, you know not to eat peanuts, but oral ingestion is not the only way to incur a life-threatening reaction. The proteins released into the air with every opened shell are enough to send those with severe allergies into anaphylactic shock. I’m sorry, but no baseball team is worth that!

Thankfully, over the past year or so, team management around the country have offered occasional peanut-free outings at their ball fields.  Check it out:

A video from MSNBC.com: A young Red Sox fan has a dream come true – a game a Fenway Park without the fear of an allergic reaction.  

From UPI.com: Baseball fans with peanut allergies had their own section for one night at Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals. The zone was only in force for one game, Monday. But Cardinals management is thinking of doing it again, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer announces peanut-free sections for two upcoming games.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: On Wednesday, though, the River City Rascals offered fans their first peanut-free seating. And on July 21, Section 328 down the right field line in Busch Stadium will go peanut-free, allowing allergic Cardinals fans to watch a game without worrying that peanuts will cause a reaction.

A minor league team in Iowa joined the ranks of the allergy-aware, as reported by WQAD.com.

And so it goes. If your favorite team – in baseball or another sport – hasn’t seen the light, call the management and/or your local food allergy support group to make your case for a peanut-free section.

To those who finally can breathe a little easier at the sports arenas of their favorite teams…enjoy the games!

Constant attention a must for those with FA

Posted by RoseBoccio on July 28th, 2008

Canada’s InsideToronto.com addresses the importance of paying close attention when you have food allergies with this story. And when your children are the ones with life-threatening food allergies, the stress and fear can be overwhelming, an issue explored in the same site’s companion piece.